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Product Content Management In Your Rearview: A Look Back And A Look Forward

Hide your stocking stuffers and savor those sips of eggnog..2018 is almost here! A lot happened in 2017. Amazon bought Wholefoods, Alibaba grew in America, companies like Tyson and P&G launched SmartLabel initiatives and so much more.

Technology now penetrates nearly every aspect of our lives and the industry continues to shift  in major ways as consumers demand more information faster. Despite uncertainties, this year in commerce shattered records, giving retailers reason to rejoice.

In order to look forward, it’s important to look back at the past year. And in this case, we’re reflecting on 2017 key events that took place that will likely shape 2018.

  1. Amazon: Prime-Time For The Grocery Industry

With the acquisition of Whole Foods Amazon sends a clear message to grocers that it is ready to play and, at least partly e-commercialize the grocery game. They’ve already dipped their toes in food and grocery in the past through Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry, but this gives them more robust access to high-quality food and more power to delivery grocery products more immediately to customers. It is also a bold statement that Amazon is serious about brick-and-mortar and at the same time this step finally fully validates cross-channel commerce as the future of grocery.

As the lines between online and in store have blurred, Amazon has realized that location will be a key driver for commerce success. Having access to Whole Foods’ 431 existing stores, gives them valuable distribution centers to bring fresh, localized products directly to customers. Amazon was also likely motivated to reach Whole Foods’ millennial audience and develop loyalty with the younger, more quality-conscious consumer.

If you want to get your products discovered by Google and Amazon, learn more at http://solutions.1worldsync.com/ProductstoAmazon.

  1. To Marketplace, To Marketplace

Last year, shoppers did half of their online spending through marketplaces, and that could rise to two-thirds in five years, according to a report released by Forrester Research (RetailDive 2017).

At the heart of this surge to online purchasing are marketplaces, such as Amazon,  Alibaba, Google and Walmart.com which are creating a new era of many-to-many shopping opportunities for the B2B  and B2C market.

“We look at marketplaces as the new retail battleground,” Jenn Markey, Vice President of Marketing at retail strategy firm 360pi. “For the retailers that embrace them, it creates an endless aisle online without the traditional costs. But even Amazon is experiencing that it can be the Wild Wild West. The challenge is that some vendors are more legitimate than others.” (Retail Dive 2017).

Marketplaces have the potential to help your products reach millions of new, global customers and 1WorldSync has you covered! It’s time for your products to be discovered by more buyers on the world’s largest marketplaces.

The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud helps customers seamlessly list, manage and optimize product content necessary to sell on marketplaces. Learn more at http://solutions.1worldsync.com/getyourproductstomarketplaces.

  1. Walmart and Google Partner To Make Shopping Easier

Google and Walmart recently announced a new partnership whereby Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company’s shelves via the online retailing service Google Express, an online marketplace where customers can purchase and set up delivery from stores like Target and Walgreens (Walmart 2017).

Walmart products will also be available through the Google Assistant and Google Home smart speaker, which competes with Amazon’s Echo. Walmart’s network of 4,700 U.S. stores and its fulfillment networks offer a competitive differentiator over Amazon offering  attractive omni-channel options including click-and-collect while Google has deeper artificial intelligence (AI) expertise and a huge pool of new data which would allow them to leverage personalization through targeted ads.

A Look Back & A Look Forward

Are you committed to your product journey that will drive tomorrow’s results? On December 6th, join industry leaders from 1WorldSync for a compelling webinar and catch-up on industry trends and game-changing events that occurred in 2017 and get a preview of what you need to do to be ready to drive sales and top-line growth in 2018.

 

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References

  1. “Forrester: Half of online sales occur on marketplaces.” 14 Sept, 2017 <http://www.retaildive.com/news/forrester-half-of-online-sales-occur-on-marketplaces/504913/>
  2. “Walmart and Google Partner to make shopping even easier.” 23 Aug, 2017 <https://blog.walmart.com/innovation/20170823/walmart-google-partner-to-make-shopping-even-easier-heres-how>

Getting Smart About Sustainability and the SmartLabel™ Initiative

Last week, I attended the Global Sustainability Summit and listened to a panel where Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President of GMA and a panel of experts, including our very own Chris Lemmond, discussed SmartLabel™ & Sustainability.

The panelists discussed how consumers think about things like a brand’s sustainability contribution, how ingredients are sourced and how brands can leverage SmartLabel™ pages to tell their story around sustainability delivering trust and transparency to the end consumer.  

We all know that consumers have become more conscientious about what they buy and want to be informed about what is inside the products they purchase. The SmartLabel™ initiative, a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), allows brands to communicate fact-based information about their products to consumers meeting shoppers expectations for accessing all types of information in new and practical ways.

While a nutrition facts label provides insight into what ingredients are in an item, it only scratches the surface as these labels have limited real estate on the package. SmartLabel™ pages allows brands to share in-depth product information empowering consumers to make better, more informed choices.

Are your ready to differentiate your brand?

The SmartLabel™ initiative offers brands the opportunity to own their product content online and share out fact-based product data via SmartLabel™ pages. Companies investing in sustainability best-practices have the opportunity to tell their story to the end consumer and present it via SmartLabel™ pages diversifying their product. Each product participating in SmartLabel has a specifically formatted landing page, which can be accessed through a web search, and QR code on their smart phones.

Transparency isn’t just about disclosure…It can be about a more complete picture of the details of how the product is created and what sustainable best-practices the brand is putting in place to manufacture the product. These details can support a brand’s promise and give consumer more reason to love this brand.

Are you ready to take control of your product content and meet transparency demands?

1WorldSync has a longstanding partnership with brand manufacturers and retailers to manage product content and distribute it to consumers. Our customers can now leverage their investment in GDSN to go further and push their product content onto SmartLabel™ pages giving customers clear access to information about the product.

Learn more today!

Getting Started with SmartLabel

Take a Cue from Coke

Are you thinking about getting started with the GMA SmartLabel™ initiative? Take a cue from Coke. The world’s largest beverage company has long encouraged consumers to “share a Coke.” Now, it’s gearing up to share a whole lot more when it comes to product information and transparency.

The company said last month that its SmartLabel Coca-Cola program is quickly ramping up. In fact, Coke has already applied Smart Label QR codes to half of its volume. And, it plans to have all of its beverage packaging SmartLabel ready by early 2018!

That’s a pretty strong message from a trend-setting, consumer-obsessed company like Coca-Cola. For manufacturers of food, beverages and consumer packaged goods (CPG), it’s time to pay very close attention to the story your product content is telling. You must be prepared to communicate product transparency, reaching the consumer in their channel of choice. SmartLabel helps you do that.

Here’s the challenge. For many companies, SmartLabel can be a significant undertaking considering the number of products they manufacture. After all, each unique item (including flavor, size, etc.) requires three components:

  • a unique Smart Label QR code
  • consumer-ready product content,
  • and a SmartLabel webpage.

The point is, getting all of your product information onto SmartLabel can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance it doesn’t have to be.

E-Book: Your SmartLabel Questions Answered by the Experts

Your product content experts EnterWorks and 1WorldSync have teamed up to produce an e-book on how you can go beyond the label with SmartLabel. Let us help you get started!

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Take Advantage of the 1WorldSync Expanded Offerings to Improve Global Cross-Channel Commerce Capabilities this Summer!

Success in the retail space is challenging. Grabbing a competitive edge is a must. The best suppliers move quickly to get their products onto new shelves and improve product transparency…which in turn drives sales!

Are You Ready to Sizzle This Summer?

1WorldSync is excited to announce that we’ve enhanced our Product Information Cloud® Platform to help our customers syndicate content more efficiently and improve global compliance and product transparency to drive sales.

This summer, we have launched five new apps and features to enhance customers’ ability to grow global cross-channel sales.

The new capabilities enable more efficient content syndication and improved compliance and product transparency offerings to simplify content aggregation and exchange between trading partners.

Suppliers can now take advantage of the 1WorldSync expanded product suite:

  • The Amazon App allows customers to set up products based on Amazon.com requirements and publish directly to Amazon Vendor Central. This accelerates sellers’ ability to standardize their GDSN data. Do you sell to Amazon today?  Do you want to learn how to leverage your GDSN data to submit GDSN and Non-GDSN product content to Amazon efficiently? Learn more on how you can connect to Amazon today.
  • The Walmart App provides users a ‘Content Service Provider (CSP)’ API connection to Walmart Store Assortment Online (SAO), simplifying and accelerating product sellers’ ability to list products on Walmart.com. The app eliminates the extra step of having to top off data in the Walmart vendor portal.
  • The Lidl App enables suppliers to publish product data in the format consistent with category-specific playlists that adhere to Lidl product information requirements.
  • SmartLabel enhancements meet the updated requirements by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). 1WorldSync customers will benefit from a new layout of the Nutrition Fact Panel, upgraded design and improved format for a more consumer-friendly experience.
  • The Recipient Catalog enables buyers to accept items from manufacturers and publish to their own digital storefronts, including products from many brands or suppliers organizing products by category or type as desired.

As the demands of global commerce and consumers have evolved, so have the 1WorldSync product solutions. It’s time to sizzle this Summer! Take action and request a strategy to learn more about our expanded capabilities and new Apps request one today.

It’s Time to Cash In With 1WorldSync At GS1 Connect!

Did you know that 53% of retailers and suppliers experience a knowledge gap within their organization when it comes to understanding the eCommerce landscape (1WorldSync)?

Don’t leave money on the table!

Channel readiness is a significant struggle throughout the value chain as e-commerce continues to evolve. In the dynamic world of digital commerce, retailers and suppliers are facing significant issues capitalizing on the opportunities within different channels.

1WorldSync is excited to join more than 1,000 partners in Las Vegas at GS1 Connect . We will demonstrate how our Product Information Cloud can deliver turnkey solutions to share and promote product content, ensure data accuracy, and optimize operational processes in today’s cross-channel world.

For companies looking to upgrade their e-commerce capabilities, be sure to stop by the 1WorldSync booth (#17,18) where we’ll be showcasing how you can connect, empower and build trust everytime, everywhere!

We’ll be hosting ‘Appy Hours’ where we’ll be demoing:

    • Customer Distribution Apps: Distribute content to specific recipient retailers, e-tailers or app providers. Each app includes the ‘Playlist’ of attribution expected by the merchant, the validation rules and the integration capability for distributing catalog in a compliant format to the merchant/app developer….
      • We’ll be highlighting our apps that enable access to adhere to Walmart, Kroger, Lidl, Alibaba & Amazon content & data specifications.
    • Compliance and Transparency Apps: Sell and trade in any geography, while meeting local regulatory mandates or consumer transparency expectations.
      • We’ll be highlight our capabilities for SmartLabel and Unique Device Identifier (UDI) compliance.
    • Enterprise Enablement Apps: Helping Sales, CRM and supply chain teams to engage customers and sell more.
      • We’ll be highlighting our capabilities  that enables easy creation of selling sheets, catalogs, slicks and other digital sales aids to help drive global sales.

Appy Hour Schedule:

Customer Distribution Apps June, 20th 12 – 1pm

June, 20th 6 – 7 pm

Compliance and Transparency Apps June, 20th 1-2 pm

June, 21st – 12 -1 pm

Enterprise Enablement Apps June, 20th 5 – 6 pm

June, 21st 1pm – 2pm

 

We invite you to stop by our booth # 17 & 18 and learn how we can help you ensure you’re not losing or leaving money on the table!

It’s time to cash out at GS1 Connect. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

References:

Charting Course for Global Commerce by 1WorldSync

Go Beyond The Label With SmartLabel

In Charting Course for Global Commerce, a recent study by 1WorldSync, 78 percent of merchants report their product content exchange system cannot keep up with enhanced consumer demands for transparency.

Let’s Get Real! Transparency Totally Transforms Product Content

Yet product content transparency is a key component driving buyer behavior. Consumers are increasingly active participants in product attribution, basing their purchasing decisions on information beyond the standard product label to attributes like ingredient origins and composition.

SmartLabel is a program that was initiated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and leading food & beverage companies. By enabling shoppers to scan QR codes on products for nutritional content, they have instant access to information on thousands of products instantly.

Moreover SmartLabel provides consumers with access to more than 350 product attributes including allergens, specific ingredients, usage instructions etc.  By the end of 2017, an estimated 34,000 food products will disclose whether they do, may or do not contain ingredients sourced from genetically modified crops.

Enter 1WorldSync

1WorldSync, the leading provider of product content solutions, recognizes that the SmartLabel is among a number of transparency related programs that are important to your business, including for product safety, quality and corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

Our commitment stands in helping to establish and execute a comprehensive content distribution strategy across the enterprise, within a single platform. We know that sourcing the right product content to meet evolving consumer demands can be challenging.

Trusted Content Anytime = Smarter Content Everywhere

By providing rich, robust content in the palms of consumers’ hands, 1WorldSync provides a full suite of solutions to help companies evaluate, test and implement a best-practice SmartLabelprogram.

The 1WorldSync SmartLabel Solution offers a seamless and efficient way to fulfill the industry initiative requirements. We can:

  • PREPARE your product content for SmartLabel compliance and distribution
  • CAPTURE and aggregate your product content in compliance with SmartLabel specifications
  • MANAGE product content from multiple entry points to ensure complete and accurate SmartLabel product content
  • DISTRIBUTE product information via a SmartLabel-compliant landing page for consumer access and consumption  

You are invited to participate in our SmartLabel™ webinar, hosted by the GMA, on Thursday, June 1 at 2 pm ET that will showcase 1WorldSync’s core competencies to help you implement SmartLabel™.

A Connected Lifestyle for 2017

We are all living a Connected Life in 2017.

Connected and mobile commerce is a way of life for us all and businesses are striving to leverage this connectivity to improve consumer safety, the customer experience and increased market penetration.   The growth of cross-channel commerce is a core component of every business plan, regardless of industry or geography.

Global market leaders embrace product content as vital to their engagement with business partners and customers.  Trusted content turns that engagement level into commitment.  Every business leader knows that more content is better, but what we have all learned is that trustworthy information is often the difference between loyal, repeat consumers and lost sales; or worse injury from lack of available product information.

The Smart Label initiative for consumer goods and EUDAMED and the FDA UDI regulations for medical device labeling initiatives, provide guidance for companies on which content is needed to aid patient safety and provide consumers with information to make health and wellness decisions.  However, in the absence of regulations, what content is needed, which channels, and how frequently?  These are problems many companies are challenged with in 2017.  Digital content is a requirement, not a luxury; and the proliferation of the content consistently remains obstacles to be overcome for all industries globally.

In the 1WorldSync data study launching in April, Charting the Course for Global Commerce, over 400 global respondents reported thirty-nine percent of merchants cannot support mobile commerce, and 68 percent have yet to integrate product information management capabilities across web, mobile apps and in store.  Establishing a connected commerce platform remains elusive for many companies.

The 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud solutions continue to evolve and leverage both industry best practices and best in breed technologies to assist our community in overcoming many of the connected commerce challenges: from UDI and Healthcare solutions in Asia, Europe & the Americas to Hazmat solutions and retail apps for increased sales and market penetration.

The Connected Life is a reality for consumers, patients, brands, suppliers, hospitals, governments, retailers and distributors….Everywhere, Every Day.

SmartLabel: Turning Technology and Transparency into Trust

Product transparency has been an ongoing conversation with manufacturers and brands as consumers are becoming more savvy, more connected, and more socially and environmentally conscience of their everyday food, beverage or household purchases. According a study from Bonfire Marketing, 63 percent of customers would buy from an authentic brand (Vision Critical 2016).

To Be, or Not To Be Transparent  – What’s the Bottom Line?

As Paul Norman, President & CEO, Kellogg’s stated in a release on GMO labelling last year, the focus on consumer trust is more important than ever before: “At our core, Kellogg’s believes in transparency and that people should know what’s in their food and where it comes from (Kellogg Company Newsroom 2016).” The promise to deliver product information to the general public is becoming less than a question of why, but now part of an overall strategy to ensure confidence and assurance to shoppers, especially brand loyalists. With legislative and regulatory policies enacted in past years, particularly regarding food safely (i.e. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011), major manufacturers are moving to the forefront to support and empower the infomed consumer.

Product transparency also dismantles unreliable, third-party sources floating in the land of social media and the internet. By shutting down the ‘alternative facts’ of product composition and restoring company reputation, manufacturers are now taking back the control to compete for consumer attention and buying power –  by being upfront and honest.

The SmartLabel™ Revolution and How It’s Changing Shopper Knowledgeability

At the end of 2015, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced the launch of SmartLabel™ –  a technological initiative in form of highly detailed, online landing pages to provide easy access to a plethora of information consisting of nutrition, ingredient, and other compelling facts on thousands of food, beverage and consumer products. With over 30 major companies taking part, the goal is simple: provide accurate product information for all to access in one place.

1WorldSync had the pleasure of partnering with Progressive Grocer and GMA to raise the torch and carry on the dialog with an insightful and informative webcast titled, SmartLabel: Turning Technology and Transparency into Trust – now available for on-demand viewing.

The webcast featured industry experts from Albertsons Companies and The Coca-Cola Co. as they thoroughly explained their full support and participation in the SmartLabel™ movement.

The webcast touched on the following:

  • Why transparency matters – shoppers are more inquisitive about their product choices resulting in a demand for full disclosure to fit personal lifestyle needs and wants.
  • How SmartLabel™ works, the criteria behind it, and the many ways users can access it
  • What manufacturers are doing to promote brand loyalty and trust by using real-time technology to share information (i.e. Coca-Cola’s QR coding) and understand customer purchase decisions.

Here’s the Real Deal…

As the SmartLabel™ portfolio continues to expand and gain serious traction this year (GMA projects 34,000 products to be available to consumers by the end of 2017), so will shoppers continue to pay close attention to what’s beyond the packaging label. With an unprecedented amount of brands vying for shoppers’ attention, the opportunity is vital to build loyalty from products that consumers know they can trust, and are safe. Let’s face it! Brand transparency isn’t going away anytime soon. Don’t take our word for it, just watch the webcast!

At 1WorldSync, our expertise is enabling brands and retailers to deliver trusted content to consumers. As a dependable partner to more than 25,000 brands and retailers, our SmartLabel Solutions is specifically designed to assist our customers deliver and distribute industry initiative requirements seamlessly and efficiently via the 1WorldSync Product Information Cloud. To learn more, click here.

 

References:

  1. Vision Critical, 2016. ‘13 stunning stats on brand trust and authenticity.’ https://www.visioncritical.com/authenticity-stats/
  2. Kellogg Company Newsroom, March 23, 2016.  ‘Statement from Paul Norman, President, Kellogg North America, on GMO Labeling.’ http://newsroom.kelloggcompany.com/news-releases?item=131647

The Organic (R)evolution

What may seem like a revolution has really been a slow and steady renaissance. Certainly before the 1920s, all agriculture was generally organic.  But then along came modern techniques, chemical pesticides, fertilizers and weed killers leading to the rapid dismissal of organic farming methods for many decades.

A quick fast forward to the ‘be natural’ approach of the 1960s and 1970s, and consumers were suddenly interested in health, nutrition and environmental conservation. But organic foods were still not in the mainstream (think hippies and off-the-beaten-path health food stores) and despite the audience buying, were expensive and exclusionary.  Conversely, most Americans at that time were enjoying inexpensive TV dinners, Hamburger Helper and casseroles made from canned soups.

By the 1990s, organic foods spread to the corners of specialty supermarkets and were the cornerstone of newer food emporiums, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.  Unfortunately, organic food costs were nearly double or triple their non-organic counterparts. And aside from the expense, availability was also limited.  Not every neighborhood boasted a Gelson’s or Bristol Farms. Going organic was for the few and the elite.

Today, the organic industry has moved beyond a niche market. Organic products now occupy prime shelf space in the big chain supermarkets, mainstream retailers and are much more accessible and affordable. Food giants like General Mills and Kellogg have entered the organic game and many small organic food companies have grown into large businesses. For example, ‘O – Organics’ just launched a new ad campaign with the main message being “We believe that great tasting organic food should be available to everyone and sold everywhere at a great value.”

In fact, the “booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey.

So clearly, it’s not just hippies and health food nuts jumping on the organic train. Today, according to the OTA, “It is the face of America. The demographics of the organic consumer are not any different than the demographics of America.”

For retailers, the growing organic market continually increases the potential for more sales. However, it can be hard to lure new customers in and keep them as your customers. Industry trends have shown that to gain more customers, providing consumers with the information they demand is the key. This begins with offering the products consumers want, which can be discovered within 1WorldSync Showcase; and requires transparency of product information in the form of an easily accessible standardized, digital label, such as the 1WorldSync SmartLabel solution.

1WorldSync keeps a pulse on all consumer and market trends so that your business can continue to thrive while maintaining the brand loyalty it has established over the years, whether it began pre- or post-organic renaissance.

A Virtual Trip Down the Grocery Aisle – How Consumer Shopping Trends are Shifting

Got the list?  Check.  Got the coupons?  Check.  Grab the kids and off you go for a thrilling ride to the local grocery store.  Up and down the aisles, comparing labels, mentally calculating totals and if you’re lucky, you’ll be unloading those groceries about 2 hours later.  Sounds like a fun Saturday.  Fortunately, for many, there’s some relief in the form of online groceries and it’s revolutionizing the way people shop.

And while technology has brought the supermarket to consumers’ fingertips online, there is also a digital wave happening within the aisles of the store, as we see mobile become part of that same shopping experience.

Really, you ask?  Take a look at some recent stats.

  • Nearly one-third of shoppers say they would use various forms of digital technology if it were offered at their grocery store. The most desired offering shoppers would like to see is an app that provides the ability to order items not available in store and the ability to scan items as they shop in order to bypass checkout.
  • Thirty-six percent of shoppers are interested in using an app or web portal to preorder prepared foods they can pick up at the store.
  • More than 40% of shoppers report buying grocery purchases online at least once a month.

Since most shoppers are never far from their smartphones, online ordering is easier. Plus, there simply are more ways to shop online for food and other household products. Certainly, digital changes are disrupting the way consumers shop and eat. Healthy living products, including dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids and metabolites, as well as cosmetics, organic body and personal care products, pet products, sports nutrition and health foods are more readily available.  And just by virtue of the wide availability means that comparison shopping (prices, ingredients, etc.) is far easier.  That’s great news for consumers who are busier, pickier and far more demanding than ever.

The CPG and Foodservice industry landscapes continue to transform and grow and the demand for transparency of product information is more important than ever before. 1WorldSync solutions for transparency and compliance, such as the SmartLabel solution, can help those businesses meet these demands, regulations and ultimately, free up those crowded grocery store aisles.